Monday, 22 May 2017

Lennonism is the great threat nowadays

Lord Glassman, a Labour peer and founder of Blue Labour, has written an interesting essay. It makes me think that, now Leninism as been defeated, Lennonism is the great threat to civilisation.

His Lordship says Labour can’t tell an enchanted story of our country and the Conservatives can. 

"They dragged New Labour with them and all were united in loyalty to John Lennon’s Imagine. No borders, no institutions, no constraints on money and everyone goes to university and jumps on the train of endless circulation. The brotherhood of Mammon. It’s easy if you try.

"There was no history, there were no differences between nations, there was only the individual and a welfare state. Those who couldn’t adjust to the mobile creative knowledge economy and get with the programme were a tribe of unfortunates, the ‘left behind’ and the losers of globalisation. The people described by Hilary Clinton, in her only memorable line of poetry as ‘a basket of deplorables’.

"And then came Brexit and the shock that people were more into Paul McCartney’s ‘Yesterday’ than they were into ‘Imagine’ and they didn’t even like the French interlude in ‘Michelle’. The shock that people thought they were part of a nation not an outpost of the UN. That they didn’t want to be ruled by accountants or unaccountable administrators. They voted to leave, and it was above all the working class who voted to leave. They thought that the rich were getting it all their own way. They thought that there was too much immigration. They thought that democracy didn’t matter anymore.And the biggest shock of all was that the losers won. The rich and the educated, the creative and the knowledgeable, the mobile and the quick were defeated by people who lived close to their Mum and worried about how to look after her as she grew older. People who lived and died in the places they were born. People who didn’t want to contract out caring for their loved ones. People who admired qualities of character rather than abstract concepts like equality, diversity, accessibility or inclusivity. A lot of them were not on Twitter. And they won against people who were very well versed in a multiplicity of social media. How could it be this way? How could the bad losers win?"

Yes, the old party lines do not make sense and Theresa May is clever to make a bid for working class support. I used to want something like this in the 1980s but I always believe in free markets and hated unnecessary regulation. And I prefer Uber vastly to London cabs. I'd never get in a black cab willingly.


  1. How I hate 'Imagine'.


    1. Couldn't agree more! That's two of us--but there can't be many others

    2. Add me to the list of Imagine-haters. "Imagine no possessions" - I'm sure that was pretty easy for a guy with a new worth of 400 million quid. The hypocrisy takes one breath away.